In today’s society, the need to be more metaliterate has grown exponentially and has taken on a new role of coexisting between countries across the world. In the video titled “Media Literacy for Global Understanding,” it demonstrates how a third grade class in PA had communications with students at a university in Kuwait. This connection enabled each culture to learn about the other to improve and promote culture understanding. Without the new programs that technology has created today, this form of communication would not be able to exist. Simple pen pal letters would not work best these days as postage would be expensive and an immediate response would not be available.
This clip also allows shows the young third graders that they are more than a student who simply learns. These students have become producers and authors of their own work as the teachers define the roles of metaliteracy. This establishment connects with a previous assignment we had in which talked about the circle of a metaliterate learner and how they have more than just one role. These students become a participant and collaborators to promote global understanding. They also act as teachers as they teach the students in the other country about their life in the PA or in Kuwait.
What these third grade teachers taught their students about the culture in Kuwait, they took it a step further than just reading books and/or learning information from the internet because of the advances in technology. For instance if I wanted to talk to one of my friends who went to England to study abroad, there are various forms of technology that I could use to talk to her. I could communicate via social media (Facebook and/or Twitter), e-mail, or I could actually have “face to face” conversations with her through Skype or Facetime.
One important thing that I took away from this clip is when one of the teachers commented how this process must be ongoing and should continue on through their years. #Metaliteracy is not static in nature and should always be taught as a progressive movement.